Not only is Halong Bay's landscape spectacular, but Vietnam's capital city, Hanoi, is easily within reach. Hanoi lies in sometimes stark contrast with its southern sister city. While in Saigon, one sees Vietnam's future; in Hanoi, one sees its past. In a city with a population of 2.6 million people and approximately 2 million motorbikes, the downtown intersections represent a free-for-all between pedestrians and cyclists.
Surprisingly, Hanoians aren't rushed and scrambling as are the Saigonese. Instead, they stroll and linger, converse and reflect. Old-fashioned in style, Hanoi is a city of lakes and parks, tree-lined, bicycle-filled boulevards, elegant colonial mansions and villas, all of which testify of its French legacy.
Venturing into the city is a must and will provide you with a microcosm of Vietnamese culture and a truly memorable experience. Enjoy your adventures ashore!
07.00 : You are welcomed at Cai Lan (Hon Gai, Halong) port with procedure assistance to exit from the cruise. Drive to Hanoi (170km)
10.30 : Explore Hanoi capital. Hanoi is a city of lakes and parks, tree-lined, bicycle-filled boulevards, elegant colonial mansions and villas, all of which testify of its French legacy.
10.30 : Visit Temple of Literature
12.00 : Lunch time
13.30 : Visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum from outside, his former residence and one pillar pagoda
14.30 : Visit Hoan Kiem Lake with Ngoc Son temple
15.00 : Explore Hanoi old quarter by one hour cycle ride
16.00 : Drive back to Cai Lan port in Halong
Transportation by private vehicle with A/C
All entrance fee to sightseeing sites as mentioned
Local English speaking tour guides
All entrance fees and permits where applicable
Tipping, drinks and other personal expenses